Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Strategies for a Writer

By Connie S. Hall

Do you need to get rid of bad habits that are preventing you from writing? Following is a list of things you might consider.

1. Become more organized.
2. Don’t check your e-mail a dozen times a day.
3. Write something down so you can see it in front of you. Be as specific as possible.
4. Don’t avoid writing by making excuses. If other people sidetrack you and you don’t write for a couple of weeks, catch up! Learn to say “no, maybe next time,” but catch up on your writing.
5. You can write a poor draft. Remember there is a delete key on your computer. You don’t always have to be grammatically correct.
6. Don’t wait for inspiration. Develop a potential idea that would help you break that dreadful habit of not writing.
7. Take time to relax.
8. Don’t give up.

After trying, some of the above ideas for a few weeks take the time to relax and reflect on the changes you have made. Do you need to make any adjustments? Perhaps a little more time writing will be necessary. If you have an already hectic workload, try cutting back. Don’t become stressed.

Old habits took time to develop so it will take time to eliminate them. Everyone has something to work on since none of us is perfect. It’s a process and sometimes does require a new strategy.

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